A paradise for two (wheels)
Active and sporting experiences

A paradise for two (wheels)

Hundreds of nature trails surrounded by greenery are waiting to satisfy your desire for outdoor cycling, whether you are an amateur or a seasoned athlete.

Elba is a small-big island all about biking, with an unparalleled variety of routes that will allow you to embrace varying degrees of difficulty, multiple types of biking, and is sure to amaze you with a succession of enchanting, cyclist-friendly views!

To each wheel its own way. If your way of experiencing cycling is that of the "stradista," forget the plains: Elba awaits you with an altimetry worthy of a stage of the Giro d'Italia, which started on these very roads in 1993. Kilometer after kilometer you will discover that the Elban asphalt is all ups and downs with exciting mountain grand prix, such as Volterraio, Monumento or Monte Perone. Not for nothing, this territory was also chosen by the legendary Fausto Coppi to train. In fact, remember a stop to refill water bottles at the Coppi spring near the village of Rio nell'Elba.

Elba on "fat wheels." Riding your mountain bike you certainly won't be bored, exploring hidden and off-the-beaten-path places. Enchanting views, the iridescent hues of the sea and the bush, the industrial archaeology of the Calamita and Rio mines, impassable granite tracks of Mount Capanne or comfortable, shady forest tracks on the San Martino ridge... Every ride will be a discovery! And for those who like to confront extreme biking experiences, marathon trails with heart-pounding elevations, sheer descents and ascents with a constant succession of changing scenery and bottom types. Stage for races of national importance such as the GF Elba Ovest or the Capoliveri Legend Cup, with trails also trodden by the wheels of the 1994 MTB World Cup.

Pedaling in total tranquility. But if for you biking is synonymous with "relaxation," Elba will be able to accommodate you here as well: simple and relaxing routes are available for families with children, such as those at the Calamita Bike Park. Or, if you choose the "bike and sea" experience, from Marciana Marina to Sant'Andrea, you'll have the chance to explore glimpses of the coastline and beaches otherwise unreachable.

In short, on Elba it doesn't matter what kind of cyclist you are: you'll find in any case the ideal route for you, to ride while breathing deeply the magical atmosphere that only this island can give you.

Travel notes

Mount Capanne

Legend Cup

MTB World Cup

Calamita Bike Park

Mines of Rio Marina

Strategic location for the large amount of hematite and limonite immediately identified by the emperor as soon as he landed on the island as a strategic-military axis.
Location: Rio Marina

Paolina Beach

The beach is named after the islet a few meters from the shore, itself named after Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister who, according to a legend (probably created by a tourism entrepreneur in the 1960s) loved to sunbathe on these rocks.

Location: Marciana

San Martino Villa

Designated as a summer residence, Napoleon purchased the property from the Manganaro family in 1814, with the intention of transforming it into a comfortable and refined abode that would have nothing to envy from Parisian residences.

Location: Località San Martino (Portoferraio)

Mulini Villa

Built in 1724 by Grand Duke Gaston de’ Medici, it was Napoleon’s city residence during his first stay on Elba Island.

Location: Portoferraio

Sanctuary of Monserrato

It was built as a sign of gratitude in 1606 by José Pons y León of the Dukes of Arcos, Spanish governor of Naples and first governor of the square of Longone (part of the state of principals). In September 1814 Napoleon, accompanied by Pons and Bertrand wanted to visit the sanctuary.

Location: Località Monserrato (Portoazzurro)

MUM Mineralogical Museum

While the Elban economy today is based on tourism, the fact remains that the people of San Piero and the west coast (Pomonte) have also lived and continue to live off their granite and marble

Location: San Piero in Campo

Port and Tower of Marciana Marina

Visit the harbor where Maria Walewska landed and the armed watchtower visited by Napoleon himself in 1814

Location: Marciana Marina